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PleinAir Salon July $33,000 Art Competition

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Event History

For 11 years, the PleinAir Salon Art Competition has been awarding cash prizes and promoting artists. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, that has 11 monthly cycles, leads up to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, and is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $33,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine. It is our belief that cash prizes provide further inspiration and an avenue for artists to thrive and create new work by helping alleviate financial pressure. Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition.

What Makes this event different?

We are a completely online competition so there is no mailing your artwork for an exhibition. You are also able to submit paintings whether they have won another competition or not. Each Grand Prize winner receives a check for $15,000 and their artwork will be featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine, which is the #1 representational art magazine at Barnes & Noble. The winners of each monthly competition are automatically entered into the running for the Annual Competition and that $15,000 check!

Copyright Policy

By entering the PleinAir Salon, you agree that you are submitting images of your own original artwork and not that of other artists or material in which you do not hold the copyright. The original work does not have to currently be in your possession.

Image Usage Rights

You are also agreeing, in advance, to have your submitted artwork and your image published to any print or digital/electronic property of Streamline Publishing, Inc. This includes, but is not limited to, print and digital magazines, newsletters, websites, e-mails, social media pages, and promotional materials in perpetuity.

Call for entries to Plein Air Artists

The PleinAir Salon has an annual prize pool of $33,000 for their online Art Competition that was created by PleinAir Magazine in 2011 with the idea to reward artists for their hard work. To this day we continue this mission by allowing artists all over the world to enter as many paintings as they like into the competition.

Though we are PleinAir Magazine, we do recognize that some artists will use a plein air painting, study or experience to create a studio piece. With this in mind, we allow studio works in each of the categories. All subject matter and painting mediums are accepted except where otherwise noted.

We reach out to the top gallery owners and museum directors to be the judges for our competitions. Take a chance and get your artwork in front of these top professionals!

We have 18 categories artists can enter and we award each category as well as First, Second and Third Place, and a People's Choice Award
. Each of those top three winners receive a cash prize and all monthly winners are entered into the Annual Competition with a shot at the $15,000 Grand Prize and the cover of PleinAir magazine!

For more information about this opportunity for artists, please visit the Event Website.



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